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UPDATE: Courthouse Set to Open 1:30 on Tuesday

Testing comes back negative

After a week of being closed the Monmouth County Courthouse will open again on Tuesday afternoon.

The building will open to the public as of 1:30 p.m. according to Monmouth County Public Information Officer Laura Kirkpatrick.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services said in a press release Monday afternoon that since the all test results have come back negative. The testing and closure came as a result of dozens of employees . 

State Health Department officials took 10 air samples and also looked for "a wide range of 'volatile organic compounds.'" Among the items tested for were benzene and chemicals found in cleaners. They also tested for things like pollen, mold, dust and other allergens according to the press release and all those tests came back with results "within normal ranges."

Since the building was closed it has been cleaned several times and Dr. Tina Tan, the State Epidemiologist said that should help assure the public of the building's safety.

"Monmouth County officials have done everything that should be done to thoroughly clean the courthouse," she said.

Monmouth County Assignment Judge Lawrence Lawson has been overseeing the cleanup efforts and said a lot of work has been put into getting the building ready to reopen.

"The health and safety professionals from the state and county have been looking out for the safety of our court employees and court users from day one," Lawson said. "We are grateful to them for their hard work and are relieved to get back into the courthouse tomorrow and have operations return to normal."

Anybody with questions about the condition of the building is encouraged to contact the Division of Consumer, Environmental and Occupational Services at 609-826-4920 or visit this website

Christophe June 26, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Looks like a text book case of mass-hysteria!!
John Hayes June 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Exactly.
Rick June 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Law enforcement professionals are not likely to suffer from hysteria. The MC courthouse is not a Junior High. The MDs at the hospital are convinced that those in this building were exposed to something toxic. Had this happened in NYC, the CDC and DHS would have been involved right away, politicians would be all over this, and we'd have answers. As it is, jurors, plaintiffs, defendants and personnel will potentially be exposed to - who knows what. Because the local investigation didn't determine what the hazard was doesn't mean that a hazard wasn't/isn't present. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. The law enforcement personnel have some tough choices to make; the jurors, defendants, plaintiffs and witnesses have no choice at all. This is just like the "surprise" Ft Bragg exercises - minimal press coverage, confusion, and no resolution. Why do Monmouth County residents receive short shrift, again and again?
cliff June 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
at least six people went to CSMC Tuesday after it opened. All had similar complaints, difficulty breathing, rash, high BP

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